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Final judgment still looms in Farr case

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By Greg Ellison (Nov. 18, 2021) Closing arguments were delivered on Monday with no judgment delivered in the lawsuit filed by Ocean Pines Board of Directors candidate Rick Farr over his last-minute disqualification tied to property ownership questions. Farr was declared ineligible to run on July 27, even though now former Ocean Pines Board member… Read more »

Santa tree seeks gifts for seniors

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By Greg Ellison (Nov. 18, 2021) After collecting a bumper crop of donations in 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic, the annual “Be a Santa to a Senior” holiday outreach program coordinated by Home Instead Senior Care in Berlin is again soliciting gifts through Dec. 8. Home Care Consultant Crystal Heiser said “Be a Santa to… Read more »

Bylaws com. prepares for report to directors

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By Greg Ellison (Nov. 18, 2021) In addition to reviewing work group efforts to propose governing document updates, the Ocean Pines Bylaws and Resolutions Committee last Friday discussed other language tweaks related to board candidate eligibility, property ownership and director removals. Committee Chairman Jim Trummel said the bylaws work group held its most recent meeting… Read more »

Berlin unfurls POW/MIA flag on Veterans Day

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Town officials bring patriotic addition to public view for first time last Thursday By Greg Ellison (Nov. 18, 2021) Members of American Legion Posts #123 and #231 joined Town of Berlin officials to hoist a newly acquired POW/MIA flag during a sunrise ceremony on Veterans Day. Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood said Mayor Zach Tyndall organized… Read more »

Berlin Council approves new disc golf trial run until Sept.

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By Greg Ellison (Nov. 11, 2021)  After having their idea tabled during discussions in September, Eastbound Disc Golf organizers returned to the Town Council meeting this week with a revamped proposal to install a nine-hole course in Stephen Decatur Park for a trial run through September 2022. Eastbound Disc Golf members Shawn Johnson, Josh Maxfield… Read more »

Berlin 1st qtr. finances beat budget figures

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Advances against last year noted in revenue collection By Greg Ellison (Nov. 11, 2021) The first quarter of Berlin’s general fund budget for FY22 performed well, according to a report to the Town Council Monday, with revenues significantly ahead of last year and expenses only slightly higher. Finance Director Natalie Saleh, who reviewed general and… Read more »

Berlin OKs ping pong purchase

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By Greg Ellison (Nov. 11, 2021) The Berlin Town Council on Monday agreed to allow We Heart Berlin President and CEO Tony Weeg to purchase ping pong tables ahead of gaining final approval to install the feature at John Howard Burbage Park. “While the tables are available and in stock from the supplier. I wanted… Read more »

Berlin HDC approves Pitts Street project

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By Greg Ellison (Nov. 11, 2021) After debating the merits of stucco over brick and the possibility of enlarging the windows, Berlin’s Historic District Commission approved architectural updates for the corner property at 16 Pitts St. at its meeting last Wednesday. Samantha Pielstick, representing property owner Jack Burbage, returned to review planning details left unsettled… Read more »

Pines committee begins work on setting budget

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First look at what group wants to keep next year By Greg Ellison (Nov. 4, 2021) The Ocean Pines Budget and Finance Committee examined a number of initiatives last week as work gets underway to estimate revenues and expenses for fiscal 2022/2023. General Manager John Viola and Director of Finance and Operational Logistics Steve Phillips… Read more »

‘Hero’ bartender saved customer

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Quick action with defibrillator available helps keeps heart attack victim alive Submitted article Ocean Pines Association (Nov. 4, 2021) Quick thinking on the part of a local bartender – and a well-placed defibrillator – helped save a life on Sunday at the Ocean Pines Clubhouse Bar and Grille. A male patron, whose name was not… Read more »